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Department of History of Art

Modern and Contemporary Art


  • PhD Candidate in the History of Art, University of Cambridge, 2018-present
  • MPhil in the History of Art and Architecture, University of Cambridge, 2018
  • B.A. (with High Honors) in the History of Art, University of California, Berkeley, 2016

In 2019 Alexander was awarded a grant from St John's College Annual Fund to conduct research and oversee the construction of a 1:100 scale model illustrating the initial architectural developments of the College that occured in the decades following its foundation (primarily circa 1516 to 1533). This model was completed in Spring 2021 and is now on display at the College Library.


  • Geological Aesthetics
  • Transcultural Materiality
  • Global Perspectives and Material Narratives in Modern Art
  • Indeterminacy and dematerialization


Key publications: 

Kusztyk, A., "The 'Marbelous' Movement: 1871-1922 Victorian England" in Historical Narratives in Global Modern Art, edited by Clare Kunny and Irina Costache, London and New York: Routledge, 2023, pp. 56-67.

Kusztyk, A., "Looking For... Anthony Barnett's 'Natural Music' and Yoko Ono & John Lennon's 'Cambridge 1969'", Cambridge Journal of Visual Culture, issue 2 (forthcoming).

Kusztyk, A., "'Covered with Thick Marble': Uncovering Yoko Ono's Marble Works from 1961 to 1966", Source: Notes in the History of Art, vol. 41, no. 3 (Spring 2022), pp. 220-229.

Kusztyk, A., "'In-within-inner-non-un-insane-crazed': The 'Insound' and 'Instructure' of Yoko Ono's Grapefruit 'Room Pieces'", Cambridge Journal of Visual Culture, issue 1 (2022), pp. 74-78.

Kusztyk, A., "Nicolas Poussin's Hunt of Meleager and Atalanta and the Spanish Court of King Philip IV", Artibus et Historiae no. 83, XLII (2021), pp. 205-214.

Other publications: 

Kusztyk, A. & Khairi, H., "Remembering 'The Structure' at St John's College", Varsity (31 March 2023):

Teaching and Supervisions

  • Revision Supervisor for Part IIB 'Display of Art' Undergraduate Course, Easter 2022
  • Supervisor for Part IIB 'Display of Art: Politics of Display' (Modern and Contemporary Global Art) Undergraduate Course, Lent 2022
  • Supervisor for Part IIB 'Display of Art: From the Treasury to the Public Museum' (Medieval through early twentieth-century European Art) Undergraduate Course, Michalemas 2019 and 2021

Other Professional Activities

Convener of the Rickman (Architectural History) Society, 2021-2022

St John's College
Supervisor: Dr Frank Salmon
 Alexander Joseph Kusztyk